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Pay-By-Phone Now Available at Meters in the Short North

Brent Warren Brent Warren Pay-By-Phone Now Available at Meters in the Short North

The City of Columbus has rolled out a mobile payment option for parking meters in the Short North. New stickers, directing people to download an app called ParkColumbus, have been placed on about 600 parking meters in the neighborhood To pay for parking using the app, users will need to enter the zone number posted […]

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Self-Driving Shuttles Arrive in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans Self-Driving Shuttles Arrive in Columbus

On Monday, curious riders can take a spin in an autonomous vehicle in Downtown Columbus, traversing a short span in the RiverSouth area along the Scioto Mile. New vehicles will offer free rides on a loop — dubbed “Smart Circuit” — between the Smart Columbus Experience Center and COSI. “Smart Circuit gives us an opportunity […]

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City and COTA Looking into Pop-Up Bus Lane, Other Ideas from Pitch Event

Brent Warren Brent Warren City and COTA Looking into Pop-Up Bus Lane, Other Ideas from Pitch Event

A pop-up bus lane on West Broad Street? That’s one of the ideas that came out of a transit innovation weekend held last month at the Idea Foundry. The event, called Thrive Columbus and hosted by the national organization Purple Aisle, brought together a group of about 100 local residents, neighborhood leaders and transit experts […]

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Redesign of Livingston Avenue in German Village Underway

Brent Warren Brent Warren Redesign of Livingston Avenue in German Village Underway

Bike lanes are coming to a section of East Livingston Avenue in German Village. The new five-foot-wide lanes on both sides of the street will start at Dixon Alley and continue east to Kennedy Drive, where they will connect up with the existing lanes that extend past Parsons Avenue. Preliminary work is now underway on […]

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Local Company Gets the Nod to Develop Trip Planning App

Brent Warren Brent Warren Local Company Gets the Nod to Develop Trip Planning App

Smart Columbus has selected the locally-based company MTECH Solutions to develop the trip planning and common payment system app that has been touted as a key element of the project. The app would allow users to plan trips across multiple platforms and systems, comparing (and combining) the many different mobility options now available in Columbus, […]

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Participants Offer Lessons Learned from the Ditch Your Car Challenge

Brent Warren Brent Warren Participants Offer Lessons Learned from the Ditch Your Car Challenge

Columbus was one of 35 cities chosen to participate in Lyft’s Ditch Your Car initiative. The program, which kicked off on Oct. 8 and wrapped up yesterday, offers a package of transportation incentives to individuals willing to commit to leaving their personal cars parked in their garage for a month. The ride-hailing company put out […]

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Lots of Options Available for Free and Discounted Rides to the Polls

Brent Warren Brent Warren Lots of Options Available for Free and Discounted Rides to the Polls

Several nonprofit organizations, along with most of the “shared mobility” companies that operate in Columbus, are working to ensure that transportation is not a barrier for citizens hoping to vote on November 6. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. To find your polling location, visit the Franklin County Board […]

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